Call to put LGBT equal­ity on cur­ricu­lum

Sunday Herald - - 19.03.17 SNP CONFERENCE -

MIN­IS­TERS faced a heart­felt call at the SNP’s con­fer­ence to pass a law im­me­di­ately to make it a le­gal obli­ga­tion to in­clude les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual, and trans­gen­der (LGBT) is­sues in the school cur­ricu­lum.

The call was made as the party’s con­fer­ence in Aberdeen backed moves to tackle dis­crim­i­na­tion against LGBTI stu­dents and to sup­port vic­tims of ho­mo­pho­bic bul­ly­ing in schools.

Del­e­gates voted for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish a group to work with the Time for In­clu­sive Ed­u­ca­tion (TIE) cam­paign to look at mak­ing it a le­gal re­quire­ment that LGBT is­sues are part of the school cur­ricu­lum.

SNP mem­ber Gaela Han­lon who de­scribed her­self as “gen­der fluid”, said the gov­ern­ment should pass the leg­is­la­tion im­me­di­ately, as she talked about her own ex­pe­ri­ences of be­ing bul­lied.

Han­lon said: “All we’ve man­aged to do is agree a ba­sic prin­ci­ple for ed­u­ca­tion. It’s not good enough. We need this leg­is­la­tion now as so many have suf­fered for too long. Al­low us to have the re­sources to ed­u­cate and lib­er­ate. We must show our sol­i­dar­ity.”

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